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  • Sarah Hooff CHN, CSNC

Mindfulness and Movement

Oh my gosh, what strange times indeed. I sure hope everyone is handling things alright. I'm really feeling for folks who live alone right now. I know people are getting anxious, I've also been hearing of people overeating a lot. Worry, boredom, I totally get it. Go easy on yourself. Seeing how we all have this scrumptious free time on our hands try your best to be mindful with your eating habits, well, all habits really. Perhaps now is the perfect time to create a personal health plan for yourself?  Adding meaningful movement to our daily routines is also extremely important. Exercise helps to clear out the 'mental cobwebs' and signals our body to put our food to good use. Try and go slow though, focus only on whats important. Positive  relationships, fresh air and good food : )

In regards to eating, take your time in the kitchen and try and eat slowly. Creating a lovely space for eating our meals can also be helpful. Light a candle, take your lunch outside, sit at a table with a bouquet of flowers or fruit bowl. Whatever brings you joy. If that's a bit too difficult right now choose NATURAL, wholesome ingredients. Your body will know what to do with real food and it really does serve us best, especially so right now. Make more time for soups and simple foods, and if you are lucky enough to have a little garden, those fresh greens are coming! After a couple days of rain things are going to explode here on the Coast. Already volunteer kale plants paint the garden, my Swiss Chard is doing well too. About to 'bolt' I'm sure (go to seed), but I also have some starts on their way too. Last year I whipped up this delicious GGH Smoothie using my fresh Swiss Chard and it was one of the tasty little recipes I was going to share in my Detox workshop earlier this month. While that didn't happen I'm really glad I can share it here. Everything green contains magnesium, a mineral extremely important when dealing with stress. Magnesium has also been proven to be helpful for those struggling with addiction. Some other good sources include hemp hearts, chia seeds (also in this smoothie), avocados, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains. For anyone struggling with sleep right now a magnesium supplement taken before bed can also aid in a good nights sleep. 

I hope you give this recipe a try, its simplicity and refreshing sweet flavor is sure to satisfy. If you're in need of another recipe or any kind of support feel free to message me anytime, I'm here for you.

Take good care and talk soon, 

Sarah xo

ps. Speaking of mindfulness if you are into a little yoga from the comfort of your own home you might really want to check out my dear friend Keely Spengler on Instagram, shes an amazing yoga instructor and after a session with her I'm sure your nervous system will thank you! Right now she is offering live sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 pm. 

Here is a quote she shared to help light that candle. 

'Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Fall in love with the path of deep healing. Fall in love with becoming the best version of yourself but with patience, compassion and respect to your own journey.'


Garden Gate's Classic Green Smoothie

3 cups greens

2 cups water 

1 apple

1-2 sticks of celery

1/2 banana

2 tbsp chia seeds

1-2 tbsp fresh ginger

1-2 tbsp fresh turmeric


Add greens, celery and water to blender. Blend until smooth. 

Next add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 


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